This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. Written by
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The name "Little Brother" is possibly a reference to Mulan having a little brother in the original Ballad of Mulan. Aptly enough, Mulan may have named her dog this because she considers him her adoptive "brother." See more »
During the finale, Yao uses a banana as a part of his disguise. However, the banana is the sort of yellow and thin specimen a modern Western audience would recognize. This kind of banana cultivar would not be bred until centuries later. The bananas available in China in the era the movie is set in would have been rounder and of a different color. See more »
Get off the roof, get off the roof, get off the roof!
[Grabs Mushu and Cri-kee and jumps]
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I really liked this Disney flick that seemed to slip between the cracks
In the 1990s, I felt that Disney made quite a few undistinguished cartoons following Aladdin. Unlike most of the world, I wasn't all that enamored with THE LION KING and subsequent offerings such as the wretched HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and POCAHONTAS were huge disappointments. Sure, POCAHONTAS is a lovely film to watch, but it's so wrong historically and it's so politically correct and hokey. And as for HUNCHBACK, the story was so dark and unappealing, I have no idea WHO the intended audience was. So it was in this context that I expected to hate or at least be underwhelmed by MULAN. Instead, it seemed fresh, well-made, humorous and fun--something distinctly missing from these other films. While the anachronistic aspect of having a lady warrior is problematic, for once Disney had another strong and likable female lead following Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. This was a definite home-run for Disney and well worth your time whether you are a child or an adult.
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